The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Take to the high seas in search of glory, plunder and laughs



Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

Based on

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe


Julie Lockhart, Peter Lord, David Sproxton

Production Companies

Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Animation


Sony Pictures Releasing

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Jody Johnson

Dneg VFX Producer

Clare Tinsley

Release Date

27th April 2012

The Pirates! Band of Misfits is a comedy adventure based on books written by Gideon Defoe; in the film the Pirate Captain sets out on a mission in which he must defeat his rivals for the Pirate of the Year Award!

The movie is a curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is.The New York Times

DNEG! Band of Misfits

Double Negative jumped overboard at the chance to work with Aardman on the film, completing a total of 393 shots. DNEG’s work mainly involved the integration of CG characters into scenes, including character positioning, lighting, and FX.

The work was led by VFX Supervisor Jody Johnson, 2D Supervisors Peter Jopling, Ian Simpson (London) and Oliver Atherton (Singapore) and 3D Supervisor David Vickery. A majority of the VFX work was carried out in Double Negative’s Singapore studio and Johnson held daily video-conferences with the team there, including 3d artists Cori Chan, Leah Low and Sonny Sy. The work was overseen in Singapore by Line Producer Darryl Li and in London by Producer Clare Tinsley.




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